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2024 is here, and with it, the fifth model year of the mid-engine Corvette. However, even with a hybrid model in the lineup above it, the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray omits two features that would surely summon smiles from the nameplate’s faithful: adaptive cruise control and a manual transmission. 

The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette enters its fifth model year without a stick shift

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard that the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette (C8) is automatic-only. It’s true; since 2020, the only transmission option for the Stingray has been the TREMEC TR-9080 DCT.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. TREMEC’s TR-9080 dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is quick. Quicker than the most composed stick shift jockey could row through the gears. Even the previous generation’s seven-speed manual transmission (yes, seven speeds) is hopeless to keep pace with the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s shifts. 

The result? A Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray will hit 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds. However, critics of the “Plastic Fantastic” won’t digress from their transmission complaints. Sure, there are YouTubers who surgically installed a stick shift and third pedal in a C8 Corvette. However, you won’t be taking delivery of a three-pedal Corvette from Bowling Green anytime soon. 

A blue Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on the highway.
2024 Chevrolet Corvette | General Motors

Drivers would likely love longer trips with a smart cruise control system

In addition to the missing stick in the middle, the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes without adaptive cruise control. While the omission isn’t a deal breaker for performance car shoppers, it’s a feature that could make the Corvette a much more compliant GT car. 

Adaptive cruise control adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe following distance. As a result, a vehicle with adaptive cruise control will allow a driver to confidently relax their feet and cover serious highway mileage.

Again, not a glaring oversight. However, the 2024 Ford Mustang, a much cheaper American performance car, offers the Ford CoPilot360 suite with adaptive cruise control.

Of course, Chevrolet couldn’t leave the lineup alone for 2024. General Motors unveiled a Corvette first this year: the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray. The E-Ray is a 655-horsepower hybrid ‘Vette with all-wheel drive (AWD). It’s quite the departure from the classic front-engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD) C7 platform from just six years prior.

Source: Chevrolet